Mar 15, 2013 - Claremont, Calif. -
Amzi Jeffs '16 presenting his research at the Theory of Cryptography Conference in Tokyo
The paper, “Characterizing the Cryptographic Properties of Reactive 2-Party Functionalities,” was co-authored with Mike Rosulek, assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Montana.
Jeffs and Rosulek researched secure computation, a subfield of cryptography in which two parties perform joint computations without revealing their inputs to each other.
“Imagine two people want to determine who has more money, but don’t want to reveal how much money they have,” said Jeffs. “We want to answer the question of how they can interact so that they get a correct answer, but neither one knows how much money the other has.”
Jeffs' research addresses secure computational tasks
“Our result is purely theoretical,” said Jeffs. “That is, its purpose is not to provide some specific application to the real world, but to expand the general understanding of cryptography.”
Jeffs became interested in cryptography during his senior year of high school while taking computer science theory classes at the University of Montana, Missoula. At the recommendation of Rosulek, he signed up for a cryptography course and enjoyed it immensely.
Following high school graduation, Jeffs spent the summer of 2012 doing research with Rosulek that culminated in the invitation to present at the TCC 2013 in Tokyo.
“Amzi was able to get up to speed very quickly and familiarize himself with the prior work in this area,” said Rosulek. “He developed a great intuition about the nature of the problem and had some very productive insights that eventually led to the final result.”
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